In the digital world we live in, one of parents' greatest daily battles is getting their kids to put down their devices. Having fun family activities planned in advance can make all the difference.
Subaru wants to show Kiwi families that their next adventure need only be a car ride away. They sent mother of three Tarryn Donaldson and her family (husband Ryan and their three gorgeous kids Kylan, Arden and baby Millen) off in a Subaru Forester, so the family could enjoy a fun-filled day at one of New Zealand's beautiful beaches.
Here are eight ways to recreate their day with your family this Autumn:
On the way to the beach, play this game: Someone picks a letter and the first person to spot the letter (in a sign, on a number plate, etc) wins! Start with the easy letters if you've got young kids, then make them trickier. Eye spy is another game that younger kids love.
Once you've arrived at the beach, engage the kids in a fun game of beach bowls.
Dig three holes in the sand and have the kids roll their ball towards the hole, the first person to get the ball in wins.
Make the holes various widths or distances away for an added challenge!
Find sticks on the beach and use rope or string to create a roof with towels, then decorate with seaweed or shells. A fort will also keep your family sun safe!
Using shells, seaweed, sticks and stones, have your kids create beach art. They can make seahorses or fish shapes, or create a 2D version of their dream beach castle.
Scoop up a spoonful of dry sand onto a dessert spoon and place a shell on top of it, then have the kids race from one line to another without knocking the shell off.
Create your own version of the classic kids' game Jenga, only using items you find at the beach, like driftwood and stones.
Give each of your children a notebook to record their day at the beach. They could draw pictures of the beach, describe what they see in the rock pools or take photos of any wildlife and then write about them.
On the ride home get the family talking about what their favourite part about the day was. What was their biggest surprise? What activities would they add next time? Ask them to share their ideas on where you could all go together next. Favourite movies, songs or books are also great conversation starters.
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